Whether you're running a business, working for a company, or managing your freelance career, learning how to cope with competition is essential to your thrive. For entrepreneurs especially, the dog-eat-dog reality of the marketplace can be a dispiriting aspect of your daily working life. Here are a few quotes that will hopefully help you enter the ring with your mind right.

“You wanna know what scares people? Success. When you don't make moves and when you don't climb up the ladder, everybody loves you because you're not competition.” - Nicki Minaj
“My greatest competition is, well, me.” - R. Kelly
"I enjoy the competition and the process of learning as we compete. The whole thing is just fascinating. I don't know what I'll do when I retire. When I go sailing, I look around ... anyone want to race? I just love competing as opposed to just going out and watching the sunset." Larry Ellison
“Live daringly, boldly, fearlessly. Taste the relish to be found in competition – in having put forth the best within you.” Henry J. Kaiser
“Business in a combination of War and sport.” Andre Maurois
“I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself.” - Arianna Huffington
“Don’t be worried about the next man – make sure your business tight.” - Dr. Dre
“When you feel copied, remember that people can only go where you have already been, they have no idea where you are going next.” - Liz Lange
“Don’t be bitter; be better.” - Unknown
“I’m not looking at you dudes, I'm looking past you.” - Jay-Z
“You’re not in competition with other women. You’re in competition with everyone.” - Tina Fey